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Sep 03rd


Thomas Edison High School “goes solar”

Thomas Edison High School “goes solar”CBS EcoMedia Inc. (“EcoMedia”) and Boston Scientific unveiled a solar project on the gymnasium rooftop at Thomas Edison High School last month.  The solar photovoltaic system is designed as an educational tool for students, teachers, and administrators and is the first environmental project to be funded as a result of Boston Scientific’s participation in EcoMedia’s ‘EcoAd’ program, which was launched in January.  As a launch partner Boston Scientific purchased advertising on local CBS stations featuring the EcoAd leaf, meaning the Boston Scientific ads would be tied to tangible improvements to communities and the environment.

Givens Foundation Conference to tackle major issues in education

Givens Foundation Conference to tackle major issues in education While African Americans are one of the fastest growing populations in Minnesota, teachers often lack the tools to effectively engage these students to increase their academic achievement. The current graduation rate of African American students in Minneapolis Public Schools is 35%. The Givens Foundation for African American Literature’s 5th Biennial Education Conference, Reach and Teach through African American Literature and Culture, will help educators to engage Black students and to become more culturally literate. Teachers will learn how African American children can achieve their academic potential by reaching them with African American culture and teaching them through African American literature.

Open House at Saint Paul Charter Schools

On Tuesday, November 15, four local public tuition-free charter schools will open their doors from 5 to 8 PM for prospective students in grades 6 – 12 and their families. Students from all over the greater metro area attend these schools. In the same spirit as a progressive dinner, each of the schools will have different food and beverages so visitors can grab a bite as they meet the fabulous faculty, students and families at each school.    While each of the schools has a distinct mission and focus, they all share a common progressive view that learning in a smaller setting can meet the needs of individual students, prepare them for a productive life and post secondary education.

Obama’s Jobs Act could mean $274.5 million for state schools

The U.S. Education Department, in advance of remarks by Secretary Arne Duncan on the proposed American Jobs Act, spotlighted a new report by the Council of the Great City Schools showing that Minneapolis and St. Paul and other urban school systems face substantial, costly repairs to deteriorating buildings and classrooms.

Metropolitan State appoints interim admissions director

Metropolitan State appoints interim admissions directorJulio Vargas-Essex, Bloomington, was appointed interim admissions director in student affairs by President Sue K. Hammersmith. He assumed the one-year appointment on Aug. 31, 2011.

In this position, he oversees the admissions office; designs, develops and implements both a comprehensive recruitment and admissions plan and student academic retention support activities; and implements an evaluation and data collection system for student services activities.

Enrollment tops 200,000 students for second year at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

For the second consecutive fall, more than 200,000 students are enrolled in credit-bearing courses in the 31 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities - the second highest enrollment level ever, officials said.

The state colleges and universities now enroll 200,716 students in credit-bearing courses, down slightly from last fall when 203,738 students were enrolled. An additional 220,000 students are expected to enroll in credit and noncredit courses across the state by the end of the current academic year, bringing the year’s total enrollment to about 420,000.

Walmart awards million dollar grant to CBCF

 Funds to support internships to develop next generation of leaders


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) recently announced a $1 million grant from Walmart to support the CBCF/Walmart Emerging Leaders Internship Program.  The announcement marks Walmart's renewed commitment to supporting deserving African American college students who are interested in internships on Capitol Hill or with government agencies. Walmart has donated $2 million to this program since 2006. 
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